Part of an old map of the San Jacinto area from the Texas Revolution

Veteran Bio

Texian Location:  Participant

The Kemp Sketch

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SWEARINGEN, VALENTINE WESLEY -- In the Headright Certificate No. 69 issued to Mr. Swearingen by the Austin County Board for one-third of a league of land it is stated that he arrived in Texas in March, 1835.

In Service Record No. 3387 signed by Captains John York and Moseley Baker it is certified that Mr. Swearingen served in Captain York's Company at the Storming and Capture of Bexar, December 5 to 10, 1835, and in Captain Baker's Company at San Jacinto. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 4489 for 320 acres of land, December 4, 1838 for having served in the army from November 9, 1835 to February 6, 1836. At the same time he received Bounty Certificate No. 4492 for 320 acres for his services from March 2 to June 22, 1836. On December 10, 1848 he was issued Bounty Certificate No. 4486 for 320 acres for serving from July 10 to October 10, 1836. He received Donation Certificate No. 648, December 4, 1838, for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle of San Jacinto.

Mr. Swearingen, as shown in Service Record No. 3387 was discharged from Captain Baker's Company May 29, 1836 and enlisted the next day in Lieutenant David Murphree's Columbia Company.

Mr. and Mrs. Swearingen lived for many years in Austin County but the Deed Records of Austin County show them living in Goliad County, October 3, 1857.

Note: Born in Kentucky. Member of Chapel Hill Masonic Lodge in 1855. Richard J. Swearingen 1808-1861. Margaret M. 1810-1859. Masonic Cemetery Chapel Hill. Page 233 joined Capt. Wm. H. Patton's Co. sometime after battle of San Jacinto.

Written by Louis W. Kemp, between 1930 and 1952. Please note that typographical and factual errors have not been corrected from the original sketches. The biographies have been scanned from the original typescripts, a process that sometimes allows for mistakes in the new text. Researchers should verify the accuracy of the texts' contents through other sources before quoting in publications. Additional information on the veteran may be available in the Herzstein Library.

Battle Statistics

  • Died in Battle: No
  • Rank: Private
  • Company: Capt. Moseley Baker

Personal Statistics

  • Birthplace: Kentucky
  • Origin: Kentucky
  • Came to Texas: 1830
  • Other Battles: Bexar
  • Comments: Mier Expedition
  • Bounty Certificate: 4492
  • Donation Certificate: 648